[SCOTT, Robert Falcon, et al.]
South Polar Times 1902 -1911.
Centenary Edition. [together with;] Volume IV.
The first three volumes were originally published 1907-14, this facsimile offered in a numbered edition of 350. The fourth volume was never previously published, this is copy 222 of an edition of 500 in which a facsimile of the text held by the Scott Polar Institute is accompanied by an extensive introduction by Ann Savours which details the production of the South Polar Times; a comprehensive biography of the explorers who contributed to the South Polar Times; and a short section on “the tradition of polar publishing.” The South Polar Times was originally produced to relieve the boredom of the cold, dark winter nights and raise the spirits of the men on board. So as well as essays on seals, whales and penguins, there were comic poems, puzzles, stories and cartoons. Scott’s comments in the preface to the first published edition, written in 1907, seems to indicate that the journal achieved its goal; “I can see again a row of heads bent over a fresh monthly number to scan the latest efforts of our artists, and I can hear the hearty laughter at the sallies of our humorists and the general chaff when some sly allusion found its way home.” A very handsome edition.
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4 volumes quarto. Original blue cloth, title gilt to spines and upper boards, upper boards with mounted colour illustrations within gilt panel, blue silk page-markers. Numerous illustrations in colour and black and white.